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August 2012 Commercial Van Sales In Canada

2013 Chevrolet Traverse
Seemingly Mainstream, The Chevrolet Traverse Hasn’t
Sold Nearly As Often As The Chevrolet Express In 2012

Crazy as it may sound, at this time last year Ford Canada had just finished August having sold more Transit Connects than E-Series vans. I know, eh? Like, it’s just like so crazy and stuff.

Okay, so the commercial van segment isn’t the most exciting subject matter we endeavour to explore in GCBC’s monthly auto sales recaps. But it is important. Cargo vans (and the RVs and personal transporters into which they’re sometimes converted) are profit hogs. They’re simple and cheap to assemble, require very few build combinations, and don’t come under the same level of scrutiny as Camrys and Civics. Seriously, there are exposed welds everywhere.

Canada August 2012 cargo van sales chart

Yet if they don’t sell for 911 GT2-like prices, how do they deliver so much cash to company coffers? They sell in numbers, large numbers. 2500 of these vans were driven home, or rather, to work in August 2012. The most popular Ford E-Series sold more often than the Fiat 500; almost as often as the Volkswagen Passat. The Chevrolet Express sold twice as often as the Chevrolet Traverse, more than twice as often as the Chevrolet Camaro, and nearly five times as frequently as the Chevrolet Volt.

Historical monthly and yearly sales figures for all seven of these vans can always be accessed through the first dropdown menu at GCBC’s Sales Stats home or, for non-mobile users, near the top right of this page. Or you can just click the model in the table below. The accompanying chart, which you can click for a larger view, ranks the vans by August volume.

August 2012
Year To Date
% Change
+ 25.6% 3449 – 2.5%
+ 74.6% 7414 + 19.8%
– 11.0% 3298 + 2.3%
– 5.1% 2915 – 15.7%
+ 32.9% 1767 + 14.5%
+ 16.9% 733 + 213%
+ 1640% 1673 + 33,360%

Source: Manufacturers & ANDC

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